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22/09/2021 - Raise alcohol tax to prevent cancer - WHO
Alcohol-related cancer incidence and mortality could be cut significantly by increased taxation, World Health Organization experts say. More

08/09/2021 - International consensus sought on e-cigarettes
A group of pharmacologists and public health researchers are calling for tighter regulations on the purchase and use of e-cigarettes and related heated tobacco products. More

06/09/2021 - Nicotine e-cigarettes 'cause' blood clotting
E-cigarettes that contain nicotine cause blood clots and render small blood vessels less able to expand and dilate, a European conference will hear today. More

09/06/2021 - Alcohol linked to reduced conception chances
A woman's fertility may be temporarily reduced by moderate to heavy alcohol intake during the second half of the menstrual cycle, according to a new analysis published today. More

21/05/2021 - National report on smoking released
New ideas for cutting smoking levels in the UK have been published in a report by the Royal College of Physicians. More

02/03/2021 - Decriminalise drugs, Scottish physicians say
UK governments should consider decriminalising possession of drugs to tackle rising death rates, Scottish physicians say today. More

26/02/2021 - Increased opioid agonist treatment could reduce drug deaths
Scaling up the use of opioid agonists could help to reduce drug-related deaths substantially, new international research claims. More

14/01/2021 - How alcohol consumption increased in first lockdown
A quarter of adults in the UK drank more alcohol than usual during the first COVID-19 lockdown, with younger women more likely to have increased their consumption, according to a new study today. More

13/01/2021 - Alcohol patterns and frequency linked to health
Some patterns of drinking behaviour may reduce risk of alcohol-related health problems, researchers have reported. More

15/09/2020 - Pandemic places pressure on addiction services
The pandemic lockdown triggered a huge upsurge in heavy drinking – leaving addiction services ill-equipped to deal with the problems, psychiatrists say today. More

09/09/2020 - UK alcohol report looks at harm to men
Efforts to reduce alcohol consumption among men need to confront the extent to which it is bound up with male identity in the UK, a report says today. More

04/09/2020 - Social smokers face disproportionate lung disease and cancer risk
So-called “social smokers” are more than twice as likely to die of lung disease and more than eight times as likely to die from lung cancer than non-smokers, a European conference hears today. More

30/07/2020 - Call to limit vaping ads to safeguard teenagers
Steps must be taken to stem the growth in e-cigarette use among teenagers, European experts say today. More

10/07/2020 - Different treatment needed for non-smoking lung cancer patients
Lung cancer in non-smokers is a different disease from that found in smokers and is likely to require different treatment, a new study published last night has found. More

26/06/2020 - Vaping increases health risks, especially from Covid-19 - new analysis
Smoking and vaping may increase the risk of people being infected by Covid-19, suffering worse symptoms and dying from it, according to research published today. More

21/05/2020 - Alcohol harms should be part of Covid-19 recovery plans
Experts have called for action to help tackle the damage from drinking excess alcohol during the lockdown period. More

30/01/2020 - Doctors urged to watch vapers after deaths
Doctors have been urged to report any illnesses that could be linked to vaping after the first two cases of fatal lung injury were reported in the UK. More

21/01/2020 - Better outcomes for smokers who quit prior to surgery
Tobacco smokers who quit their habit four week or more before surgery reduce their risk of complications and tend to have better outcomes after six months, a new study has revealed. More

08/01/2020 - E-cigarettes aggravate tobacco stroke risk
E-cigarettes may increase the stroke risk caused by smoking normal cigarettes, researchers warned last night. More

19/12/2019 - Concern about cannabis effect on cardiac system
New evidence suggests long-term use of cannabis may affect the structure of the heart, researchers reported last night. More

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